I lived in the Los Angeles, California area as a child, but as a teen (and since) in and around Thurston County, Washington. Going from the big city to a small town was indeed a culture shock, but I have come to feel myself a native of the Pacific Northwest.
What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
Where I live currently is centrally located from just about anything. In any direction, it is about two hours from the beach, big cities, the mountains, and even desert landscapes. We have lush old growth forests, plenty of fresh food, great entertainment, and even our own volcano. Great place for finding inspiration for new stories.
What turns you on creatively?
I find most of my inspiration from detailed dreams, but I love taking the personal experience of others and incorporating it into stories of my own.
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
I have no favorite word, except for that, which I use much too often for even my cat.
I’m no poet!
What is your pet peeve?
When someone comes to me for advice, then after we have a discussion, return to share their work and it was just the same as it was before. I am not a teacher, I am just as much as a student as the next writer, but please do not expect of me to approve of something of which I just described as needing improvement. If I am wrong, I will admit it, but please don’t come to me if all you are seeking is validation without evidence of progress.
What defines P.A. O’Neil?
I am a dreamer and a storyteller. I am glad I live in an age where I can easily share my work with others. I am also thankful for what I have achieved over the past three years, such that I feel the need to those, who like myself, are on the journey to share their stories with the world.
P.A. O’Neil’s stories have been featured in over forty anthologies, on-line journals, and magazines. She and her husband reside in Thurston County, Washington. A collection of her stories, Witness Testimony and Other Tales, is available on Amazon. She was the winner of the 2023 Mustang Flash Fiction Award with her story, “The Great Burro Revolt.” Her article, “Northwest Passage,” about the Ellensburg, Washington Rodeo from the Summer 2022 issue of Saddlebag Dispatches Magazine is currently a finalist for the 2023 Will Rogers Medallion Award. For links to books which feature her stories, please visit her Amazon author page: P.A. O’Neil.